Definition of “alarmist” - English Dictionary

“alarmist” in British English

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alarmistadjective

uk /əˈlɑː.mɪst/ us /əˈlɑːr.mɪst/ disapproving

intentionally showing only the bad and dangerous things in a situation, and so worrying people:

The government has dismissed newspaper reports of 200 dead as being alarmist.

alarmistnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈlɑː.mɪst/ us /əˈlɑːr.mɪst/ disapproving

someone who makes people worried by telling them about bad or dangerous things when it is not necessary or helpful

(Definition of “alarmist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“alarmist” in American English

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alarmistnoun [ C ]

us /əˈlɑr·mɪst/

a person who communicates anxiety and fear, esp. unnecessarily:

Some in the insurance industry consider Weiss an alarmist, but others think his predictions are accurate.

(Definition of “alarmist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)